LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A West Orange man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl twice. He accepted two 10-year prison sentences.
Christopher Blaise Smith, 31, entered the plea in Judge Paul White's court. Both terms will be served concurrently.
The victim in the case took the stand Tuesday morning and gave an impact statement. She revealed Smith had been grooming her for the crime for years.
"I turned 16 yesterday," she said. "You sexually assaulted me at 14. You started grooming me at 10. What? Was I 7 or 8 when you decided you wanted me?Every time I hear your name, I start to hurt. My chest and heart hurts so much. I can't sleep. I was the girl that talked to everyone, now I sit in the back of the room and try to catch up on sleep. I refuse to be an animal and take anymore of me. It's time to get me back."
White said he was reluctant to accept the plea bargain.
"What I read in the victim impact statement is chilling, and I don't think the deal fits the crime," he said. "I'm not in the business of victimizing the victim, so I'm going to accept this deal."
Deputies with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office arrested Smith last February in connections to the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl. Smith once lived close to the girl's family.
The victim's mother and sister also gave impact statements.
"Four-hundred and fifty-six days ago, I was one of your best friends," the mother said. "I would have done anything for you. I want you to know we failed her. I couldn't protect her. I trusted you with my home and my kids. You failed my daughter. You took her innocence. You groomed her for years. You are a pedophile. God knows I have forgiven you, and I hope one day you get treatment. You turn to children because older women see you for the loser you are. You Christopher Smith will one day have to answer to a higher judge."
"I will never look at you and your family the same again," the sister said. "I will never trust again. Because of you, trust is only a word. I'm praying for you because the punishment you have won't be half of what you have in the afterlife."